That evening Kevin, Cody, and I then hiked around Fairfield Lake, a 55-acre lake beside Bald Rock Mountain. The lake hike was much longer than we thought after hiking so long that morning and our legs were tired. The trail was a quiet one with hardly anyone else hiking beside the beautiful lake nestled in the valley around the giant mountains. Cody was a strong little hiker, only complaining towards the end that his little legs hurt.We saw many waterfalls in the area during our vacation. Dry Falls was one of our favorites. This beautiful 80-foot waterfall was just a short distance from the highway and you could walk behind it. The boys thought that was awesome. One of the days was misty rain and very foggy. We took the boys gem mining and did a little shopping in a quaint little town up the winding road. One of our most strenuous hikes was to Rainbow Falls. This was a very long trail along steep mountain sides, slippery rocks; over a rocky path filled with knarled roots. At the end was an amazing 150 foot waterfall, up the path from that gorgeous waterfall was another fall called Turtleback Falls. Then we had to turn around and hike all the way back. I was amazed how well the kids did on that hike because it was long and rough. My knees and legs were aching all night long. But the next morning, we were up and ready to discover more waterfalls. Here is the bottom of Narrows Falls. Whitewater Falls was another spectacular waterfall that was not a long trail. It is the tallest waterfall in the East at 420 feet! For our last day of hiking, we hiked a moderate trail to the top of Bald Rock Mountain.
The color of autumn had unfolded before our eyes during our week in North Carolina. By the last day, the trees were gold, crimson, and amber. What a breathtaking view it was from the top of a mountain.